I recently conducted a survey in which I utilised the 5 point likert scale to gather data. The only problem is, I dont know how to analyse it. I feel like a complete idiot for not having considered this before. I thought it would be easy, except I dont know how to write an analysis. Can someone please help? It would be really useful if a sample was provided with an analysis of a 5 point likert scale.....
Thanks in advance!
I have, belatedly, attached a sample of my writing to the post. People, please comment on the appropriateness of the analysis. The attachment is in one of my posts below! Thanks!

From Pakistan, Rawalpindi
Please search the web using keywords "5-point Likert Scale data analysis". You will find links which give instructions as to how to analyse such data.
Have a nice day.
A retired academic in the UK

From United Kingdom
Likert scale points – it is an attempt to quantify the subjective views.

For each point there should be a meaning for each number. Eg. for 1 = most objectionable. 2 = objectionable…. 5 = most desirable.

You must use these expressions in your analysis or presentation of the interferences. We may state out of 1500 persons studied (sample) 200 strongly objected to the proposal and 20 considered the proposal most desirable.

We must remember that we are not handling any data about a problem. We are handling the number of persons who have taken a particular view. Any mathematical process of mixing this data with a data on a particular problem should be designed carefully.

If you have included many questions using likert scale, you may tabulate the views carefully seeing if these are logically connected. Your presentation can have a statement like “72% of those who “Strongly Opposed” to issue A, Mildly Objected issue B also. Or
55% those who welcomed production based incentive strongly objected to change in shift timings.

There are several published charts and reports in the net – use them as a model or starting point – it is easy. I have often visited “talkstats.com” and found the site helpful.

You may also try.

Good luck.


From India, Madras
I have searched that...but most of the results that popped up went into deep statistics, and that freaked me out a bit.
I was hoping that you could probably read the analysis of one of my charts, and give your valuable feedback on it, since I have been unable to acquire a sample report relevant to my topic.

From Pakistan, Rawalpindi
Here is the attachment! I am new here, so its a little confusing how to manage the posts....will hopefully cotton on soon enough! :)
From Pakistan, Rawalpindi

Attached Files
File Type: pdf sample.pdf (30.6 KB, 446 views)

As Srinivasan has rightly said, Likert scale points is an attempt to quantify the subjective views. Obviously, its a Part of Statistical studies.
Your pdf sample is good show for the first attempt.lease do not get overwhelmed by the tests being used at this stage. But, otherwise, there is no shortcut for success.
All the best.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Sajjal,

Thank you for attching an example. However, how you analyse the data depends upon your objectives, the amount and nature of data that you have collected, and the level of the course. For example, if you are an undergraduate, a simple pie chart or bar chart and percentage distribution would do. If you are studying for a post graduate degree, you will be expected to exhibit your knowledge of the application of statistical tests. Similarly, if you have collected demographic data, you may be able to see if there is any difference between males and females or responses from different work areas, levels, etc.

Also see <link outdated-removed> to see how a student has given details about the research's conceptual framework, etc. Though (s)he has not used a Likert Scale, (s)he has used both a questionnaire survey and interviews to TRIANGULATE the findings. The project report is not one of the best I have come across but much better in the quality of literature reviews, methodology, and the list of references, etc.

Have a nice day.


From United Kingdom
Hi Simhan:
Thanks for your reply! I am working towards an undergraduate degree. I am guessing the piechart should then suffice! The sample size is 40, subject is employee motivation, and the degree I am working for is not focused on HR.
Kindly provide some feedback with regard to the content written....it would be of big help! Any recommendations would be highly welcome!

From Pakistan, Rawalpindi
Yes, I agree, likert is a part of statistical studies, but since my degree has not drawn in any hard core statistical calculations, I am assuming piecharts and bar graphs is the level expected.
Thank you for your feedback on the sample....I wonder if you would be kind enough to point out the areas it was deficient in, so I can make improvements accordingly.

From Pakistan, Rawalpindi
If your intention is just passing, what you have done by way of analysis will suffice. Whether you will get a grade better than a pass will depend upon how you will write the other chapters (Introduction, literature review, methodology, conclusion and recommendations).
From United Kingdom

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